— Margaret Wheatley, A Simpler Way

Finding Our Way

As we play with new ideas and a new worldview, we keep attending to our beliefs. So much of human behavior is habitual. And behind every habit is a belief—about people, life, the world. We work from the premise that if we can know our beliefs, we can then act with greater consciousness about our behaviors.—Margaret Wheatley, A Simpler Way

Wheatley's observations are profound. To create a better world we must know our beliefs. Only then can we act with greater consciousness. The belief system we operate from here at Mindshift began to form some years ago, as part of my first experience in the business world. Sometimes in life, we just get lucky.

Once upon a time in the early days of Silicon Valley, Hewlett-Packard was born. Founded by Bill Hewlettt and David Packard—Stanford graduates, HP became one of the most respected companies in the world. HP is, in fact, the birthplace of the Silicon Valley. The State of California made this designation many years ago and the plaque stating this can be seen down at the old garage on Addison street, in Palo Alto. With some personal assertiveness but mostly luck, I found my way to HP as a young businessman. Back then, you could go to any country and walk into an HP office and it would feel like you were at home in Palo Alto. Through a lifetime of hard work, Bill and Dave had created the ultimate culture, where everyone was respected and trusted and enjoyed the sanctity of their human dignity at work.

Being new to the business world, I could not see how extraordinary this experience was, not until I left to pursue new opportunities. Only then did I realize the gift HP had given me—a chance to see what an organization could be if you designed its culture to nourish and encourage humanity and community. Out in the real world, I began to experience cultures that were barely alive, organizations that essentially had no culture, and leadership that needed help. This experience created an impression and a path toward helping people and organizations, and was the genesis for Mindshift Consulting.

Every organization meets some social need—its core purpose. At Mindshift Consulting, our purpose is to inspire leaders, solve problems, and design exceptional organizations. We help leaders with the human side of transformation, from individuals and teams to whole systems like your organization.